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RUINER for Linux is now officially on hold (UPDATED)

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What a surprise — not. RUINER [Steam, Official Site] for Linux is now officially on hold the developers have said and it's not looking good.

First of all, here's a little time-line of events surrounding RUINER and a Linux version:

  • 1st April 2016 - Game announced, with Linux clearly stated as a platform for the game.
  • 24th August 2017 - Linux version delayed due to "technical issues".
  • 14th September 2017 - Their Twitter team claimed they do not plan a Linux version anytime soon.
  • 15th September 2017 - They ask for posts containing "+1's" in support of a Linux version. (Note: Around 25 pages of support on Steam was gathered for it!)
  • 6th October 2017 - Officially on hold with this message posted on Steam today:

Hi guys,

Linux port is currently on hold. We have so much work around the current versions that we have to prioritize our efforts. We will think about it after the hottest period is over ;)

Take care,
RUINERS

This is yet another case of a developer announcing release platforms, without taking into account how much work it would actually be. I don't want to be too harsh here, since I will be happy to play and review it if it does ever come to Linux, but it's hard not to be incredibly frustrated with Reikon Games at this mess.

If you're going to do a Linux version of your game, you should plan for it. Never leave it as an afterthought, test it regularly and don't assume it's going to be a one-click process to push out a Linux version.

What are your thoughts?

UPDATE: And the games continue!

QuoteHi Linux players,

Your version wasn't cancelled. It is a small misunderstanding. RUINER is most definitely coming to Linux. At the moment we just have so much work, that we had to redirect our resources to fixing all the bugs in the current versions, but as soon as it is done, our efforts will go back to Linux.

Best wishes,
RUINERS

They also rather quickly hit us up on Twitter with these messages:

Our new marketing guy was so keen to answer you from our shared account that he didn't double check the facts with our core development team

— RUINER (@ruinergame) October 6, 2017

Linux version is on, and we will release it soon! Sorry about the confusion.

— RUINER (@ruinergame) October 6, 2017
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Naib 6 October 2017 at 7:18 pm UTC
And this is why I bought SPAZ2 ... its out and it works. Vapourware can be ignored (like homefront)
Pangachat 6 October 2017 at 7:24 pm UTC
They got a shiny new tag from me on Steam: Not Interested
omer666 6 October 2017 at 7:33 pm UTC
QuoteTake care
Sure, we will.
Wolfenprey 6 October 2017 at 7:43 pm UTC
MEH. Another one... Bye, then.
Samsai 6 October 2017 at 8:05 pm UTC
QuoteWe will think about it after the hottest period is over

I would consider this an insult. Hopefully nobody was silly enough to buy early.
Perkeleen_Vittupää 6 October 2017 at 8:17 pm UTC
What a bunch of lying losers. Steam: "not interested".
liamdawe 6 October 2017 at 8:20 pm UTC
And the word games continue!

QuoteHi Linux players,

Your version wasn't cancelled. It is a small misunderstanding. RUINER is most definitely coming to Linux. At the moment we just have so much work, that we had to redirect our resources to fixing all the bugs in the current versions, but as soon as it is done, our efforts will go back to Linux.

Best wishes,
RUINERS

Plus the two tweets they just sent us.


Last edited by liamdawe at 6 October 2017 at 8:24 pm UTC
Leopard 6 October 2017 at 8:20 pm UTC
That smiley and Take Care is pretty insulty.

We need an honest and having a " well known games catalogue " AAA company.

Until that , we need to get along with that kind of insults.
Smoke39 6 October 2017 at 8:48 pm UTC
liamdaweAnd the word games continue!
This is getting comical. How many times can they ping-pong on this?

Speaking of cyberpunk top-down shooters, didn't Jydge just come out with day 1 Linux support? Anyone give it a go yet?
opera 6 October 2017 at 10:57 pm UTC
May be just stop posting news about this one until its get finally released. All this back and forth is just ridicules.
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